HB 426, Rep. Steven Thayn's “8 in 6” plan, has passed the House on a 58-12 vote, with a mix of Republicans and Democrats opposing it, including House Majority Leader Mike Moyle, R-Star, and Democratic Rep. Phylis King, D-Boise. House members had questions about the bill, which would pay for a number of high school students to take up to eight college classes while still in high school, with the goal that they'd graduate from high school with two years of college already completed. Thayn came up with the name by figuring that the two years of junior high, four of high school, and first two years of college could all be completed in six years rather than eight.
“This is a bill that the thinking is a little outside the box,” said Rep. Mack Shirley, R-Rexburg, who supported it. “It's a little unusual, but the concept is good. … Some of the details will have to be worked out as it goes through the process at the Senate and then JFAC considers it,” he said.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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